Busy week for Ponoka RCMP as thieves return with warm weather

  • Apr. 27, 2011 8:00 a.m.
A Pontiac Sunfire shows the effects of a rollover on Highway 2 on April 21. Luckily no one was injured in the accident.

A Pontiac Sunfire shows the effects of a rollover on Highway 2 on April 21. Luckily no one was injured in the accident.

Sheriffs and RCMP combine to recover stolen property

On April 18 RCMP received three phone calls regarding residences that had been broken into. Then at 3 p.m. that same day, during normal patrol, Ponoka Sheriffs noticed a suspicious vehicle on the side of the road on Highway 2.

The vehicle turned out to be stolen and inside the police found three stolen TVs as well as a stolen laptop.

The property was identified as the same items missing from homes in Ponoka. RCMP also found a footprint at one of the scenes and positively matched it to the driver of the vehicle.

A man in his mid-thirties has been charged with three counts of break and enter and one count of theft of a motor vehicle and will appear in court at a later date.

Rollover leaves two shaken up but no injuries

On April 21 police, fire and emergency services were called to the scene of a rollover on Highway 2. The vehicle, a Pontiac Sunfire, was located in the east ditch of the highway. The driver lost control of the car traveling northbound and rolled before coming to a rest beside the Ponoka turnoff sign. No one was injured in the accident.

Now that’s a hot ride

In the afternoon of April 23 RCMP responded to a 911 call after a vehicle started on fire on Highway 53 within town limits. The driver of the car noticed his transmission light come on and before he could pull over the car died. Moments later, the car began to smoke and start on fire. The fire department was notified and put the blaze out safely.

Bandit goes postal on mailboxes

On April 23 a rural homeowner phoned police to advise them that his mailbox had been damaged. The caller told police that several of his neighbors had also had similar problems in the past. A suspicious grey truck was seen in the area prior to the vandalism and police are asking for the public’s assistance in solving this crime.

Grass fires becoming more of a concern as weather gets better

The RCMP have received calls about grass fires in the area and wanted to remind the public to be careful around land that will be beginning to dry up, as the weather gets warmer.